The Naniloa Golf course hosts the Big Island Open Tournament.
We had an opportunity to speak with Rob Nasworthy (tournament Director). He states, “We have been playing on the island since the 1990s. We started off playing at MacKenzie State Park and Wailoa State Park using trees as targets and making up our own course”
In the year 2000 they began to have The Big Island Open tournaments every January. Through creativity they started to make the targets out of bamboo, which they called “Bonkagins”. In 2010 the group finally started to acquire actual disc golf baskets and currently have 18 of them.
Nasworthy as stated that “Due to the State of Hawaii Public parks policies, we never got to set up a permanent course on the state parks property. A few years later we finally established a permanent course at the Hilo Coffee Mill, which is a free course open to the public. In 2014 we approached the Naniloa Golf Course about hosting the 2014 State Championships.”
The state tournament normally alternates between Maui, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island. In 2014 was the Big Island's year. Since then, thanks to the manager George of the Naniloa the golf course permanently maintains an 18-hole disc golf course. The clubs mission is to expand the sport, and establish new courses all over the island where locals and visitors alike can enjoy the sport of disc golf.
You can play the course at Naniloa any time, just check in and register at the clubhouse.
For more information you can go to their website at www.HCDC.us Check them out for older pictures from previous tournaments. The 2016 tournament pictures will be updated shortly.